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A Wreath for Emmett Till

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In a profound and chilling poem--a Coretta Scott King and Printz Honor book--award-winning poet Nelson reminds readers of the young boy whose fate ... Show synopsis

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  • A Wreath for Emmett Till (Graphia Books) – Trade paperback (2009)
    by Marilyn Nelson

    A Wreath for Emmett Till

    Trade paperback, Graphia Books
    2009
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    48 pages

    ISBN: 0547076363
    ISBN-13: 9780547076362

    A Coretta Scott King and Printz honor book now in paperback. A Wreath for Emmett Till is "A moving elegy," says The Bulletin. In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet ... Show more

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Reviews of A Wreath for Emmett Till

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The Pageturner

Poetically Captures Shortened Life of Martyr

by The Pageturner on Apr 8, 2007

"I MEMEORIZED AND CAN RECITE YOUR BOOK!" was the first sentence of the second email I sent to author Marilyn Nelson. "Genius" is an understatement for this inspiring work elegantly jam packed with stunning figurative language. Nelson uses pieces of history, other writings, plants, and various other things and intricately entwines them into an honorable wreath for Emmett Till. But what makes this book even more astounding is the fact that the author used a heroic crown of Petrarchan sonnets in iambic pentameter to pull the reader into a realm of horror, sorrow, and new beginnings. The illustrator Philippe Lary also did a magnificent job using sybolism to perfectly match Nelson's words. I honestly wish that this book gets the respect that it deserves and should be a part of every school's literature.

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